Dan and I learned about a very cool project just taking off called “Sips”, an online publication “run by artists, for artists.”
It’s a quarterly that publishes several short stories and poems. The idea is to be able to enjoy a FREE short story or poem while sipping a cup of coffee. All you need is a device that can read a QR code and a bit of time to enjoy fresh work from independent artists. Here’s a video on how it works:
We met the faces behind the publication, Kristin and Tim, who explained the concept, the action and how to be a part of it. It costs $5 to submit 2 short stories, $3 to submit 2 poems.
I think this is a great idea for both artists and the public: it’s accessible to both. Free and convenient is language favored by the public. Everyone loves their little tech devices! So it’s pretty great that Sips is creating this supportive community through the use of the QR barcodes. It’s nice to see such codes link to art and books and not just another coupon to big box stores. It also feels like a wonderful and accessible opportunity for artists to venture into publication and exposure while not risking much monetarily. Sips also strives to give feedback to the submissions that are finalists; news that’s difficult to hear but the notes welcomed.
Learn more about the publication and read a something at the Sips website: http://sipscard.com/